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Group that focuses on Boston jobs releases report on adapting to change

Posted on October 17, 2011

A consulting company that focuses on Boston jobs has just released a new report produced jointly with Ciett, the international confederation of private employment agencies.

The report, called “Adapting to Change,” illustrates the positive role played by private employment services in this new era of volatility and complexity where continuing economic uncertainty, high unemployment, shifting demographics, ongoing skills mismatches and macro-economic shocks present labor markets and employers with unprecedented challenges.

It was created by Ciett and Boston Consulting Group.

The report could also be referring to Chicago jobs.

“In a world where labor markets are global, governments are local and talent is mobile, the employment services industry offers all stakeholders the value and flexibility they need to strengthen economies and empower individuals,” said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs. “The industry is extremely undervalued and often misunderstood; ManpowerGroup works tirelessly to elevate the image of our industry and be recognized for our mission to connect people to work in the most human of ways and for the services and solutions that we offer to connect employers with that hard-to-find talent, providing the speed and solutions they need to win.”

The report says that in an era of global labor markets, the private employment services sector is an effective intermediary because it has insight into finding and assessing talent in multiple geographies for companies who do not have the tools to do this themselves. Evidence of this statement, ManpowerGroup has the largest global footprint in the industry, with a presence in over 80 countries and territories and unparalleled local expertise.

While the private employment services industry has been criticized over the perception that it has caused a structural change in economies contributing to unemployment and underemployment, the Ciett report found that 74% of user organizations would not consider hiring permanent workers as an alternative to taking on agency workers and 60% of them would not have created jobs if they had no access to private employment services.

The reality is that our industry spurs job creation; we help people get back to work by matching their skills with the employers who need them,” added Arkless. “As some sectors have declined and others grown, we assist industry migrants with transitions to new careers by providing training and development, as well as helping young people — who are increasingly marginalized in labor markets around the world — gain valuable skills and experience to make them more appealing to potential employers.